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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company


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3,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 3944
Reviews: 1278
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

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Photo of dgilks


4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish amber/brown colour with a tiny off-white head. Nothing entirely unexpected for a sour ale.

Tart, crisp and fruity aroma with lots of dark berries. Mild funk. Nicely complex.

Slightly sweet upfront before giving way to underripe grapes and tart raspberries. Nice lush fruit on the back end not unlike a fine Marlborough Gewurtztraminer.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very good for style.

A really great wild ale with a nicely balanced and complex fruity flavour. Well built and a damn fine ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 11:23:49 | More by dgilks
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado, SF. Poured into a fluted glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear red zinfandel color. Came without a head, so no comment there.

4.5 S: Big hit of tart cherry, then plum, grape, tangy lactic acid with a mild sourness. Lots of vanilla with oak on its heels and tannic astringency at a minimum.

4.0 T: The potent cherry in the nose is much less powerful in the taste, but it is still the main attraction. A host of other flavors are introduced though. Wild apple, a touch of acetic acid, a touch of musky funkiness, and this time more sour than tart. Vanilla is much subdued, but the oak itself is stronger.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but balanced enough to be quite smooth.

4.0 D: Good, solid all around beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 18:50:00 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of sdderek


5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:
On tap 10+ times, bottles a few times.

My favorite sour. Aroma is filled with cherries and apples. Taste is the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a sour. But it's not over the top sour. It's basically the most balanced sour I've ever tasted. This is only one of a few sours that I would completely feel comfortable (and excited) about drinking pint after pint. Seriously, I would drink multiple pints of this in a row! I love this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 04:37:59 | More by sdderek
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap; Sampled batches 4, 5, & 6 side by side

The beer sits a mahogany infused brownish body. Looks like a pale red wine. No head or lacing to speak of.

The aroma and flavor varied greatly between the three batches.
Batch 4
The nose on this batch was overly tart, in comparison. Oak, cherries, white wine and Brett were all present in equal doses. There was a little sweetness from the cherries, but overall this is a sour delivery vehicle. Oak and white wine are very pronounced.

Batch 5
A little more subdued than 4. The oak wasn't nearly as omnipresent, while the cherries and wine took center stage. The Brett lends an earthy funk that complements the cherries nicely.

Batch 6
It was obvious this was the youngest of the bunch. The flavors and aromas were amazingly tame compared to the other vintages. Fresher and cleaner. Oak is just a layer here, while the cherries and wine shine. The cherries are both tart and sweet. Brett lays low.

Overall, the mouthfeel was somewhat similar, just varying in intensity. The 6 was clean and dry with a mild tartness while the 4 was lip-smacking tart and extremely dry. The 5 was perfectly in the middle of the two.

All three of these batches are fabulous. The 4 was definitely my favorite as it exhibited all of the characteristics you look for in a sour in spades. One of the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 18:05:02 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walked into Stumptown Coffee this morning to pick up some beans to send my Mom's way (Chattanooga, TN) for Mother's Day. I had an hour or so to kill so I ordered an espresso to drink and hang out with (comped for buying three bags of coffee, sweet!) Then I looked at the tap list... Supplication for, wait for it, $6 a ten ounce pour! At one point I had a shot of espresso, a glass of water, and my goblet of Russian River sour sitting in front of me at the same time. Scanning through my reviews I see I've never reviewed this beer. Time to remedy that.

A: Clear ruby-amber, slightly dirty white thick wisp ring, surprisingly decent lacing. 4.5/5

S: Heavy on the lactic, vanilla, light funk, sweet pie cherries. 4.5/5

T: Here's where the wood comes in a little heavier. Strong vanilla notes, the expected sour cherries, a touch of ripe cheese rind funk, again with a decent dose of lactic acid, slight grape skin tannins, overall a very nice American Wild flavor profile. 4.5/5

M: Fuller than expected with soft carbonation, I wish this wasn't as sticky of a finish but I'm nit-picking. It's pretty dead on for the style. 4/5

O: A solid beer I always enjoy. Today's no exception. As good as they make them in America. For $6 a glass, I'd drink this more often. At $12 a bottle, I'm not buying one of these too frequently. Definitely worth a try though. Seek it out, drink it, enjoy. 4/5

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 03:03:55 | More by hopsbreath
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4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a lovely ruby red color with a very light, filmy head. Mild sweet & sour aroma; nice hints or orange. Very flavorful taste of orange, cherry, and lime. The finish is very sweet & sour, with a similar yet mild aftertaste. Surprisingly, there's very little bitterness here. Light- to medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. Smooth, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 23:02:29 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A red and ruddy brown appearance with tons of sediment. Good white head leading to sticky lace. Aroma massively tart and sweet cherry and oak.

Taste, astringent, tart, puckering cherry flavor. Again, oak. Tons of brett flavor, lots of tannin grittiness coats the tongue and mouth.
A very chill sweetness to it, along with a gritty earthiness. One of the best wild ales out there, only rivaled in its style by Bruery's oude tart w/ sour cherries.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 22:43:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of tobin


4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table with a slightly hazed orange red with no discernable solids in the body, but it was not clear. The head on the pour was nice and solid and lowered to a skim after a minute or so.

The smell is quite incredible. It starts with more of a slightly sour smell with some cherry pits, but as it warms it takes on a more winey character with a definite cedar smell. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer, cherry pits, cedar, brown sugar, red wine, and a damp sweet earthiness. Truly amazing.

Taste was quite good as well, but not as complex as the nose. It had a light sour character that interplayed with some sweetness and a dry woodiness.

Mouthfeel was spot on - moderately thick, creamy carbonation and a slight drying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 19:53:30 | More by tobin
Photo of jdense


4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl pour into Delirium Tremens mini-snifter at Belmont Station PDX 12.1.2010 $5.

3/4 finger brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer on top of clear reddish brown body, small trail of very small bubbles rising from bottom of glass. Nose is a bit fruity, some oakiness, horse blanket funk, not picking up a lot of hop aromatics. Taste features a bit of cherry sweetness upfront, a bit more tart than sour, funky backend, musty, some floral hops but not much bitterness, not mouth puckering sour. Mouthfeel just on the light side of medium, pretty sticky. Drinkability is good for style but dont' want to do multiple glasses re palate fatigue. Complex and certainly recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 18:03:57 | More by jdense
Photo of Estocker


4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I have had the opportunity to try this on tap and in the bottle quite a few times and it never ceases to amaze me every single time I have it.

Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Looks like rotten cherry juice, in the best way.

Smells fantastic. Cherries, lots of tart acidity in the nose, a little bit of vinegar but it is subdued. There's a little bit of funk to it as well.

Taste is even better, no, MUCH better than the nose. This is possibly one of the most complex beers I've ever had, but I can't really tell... I'm too busy enjoying how amazing it tastes to care about complexity. Cherries. Tart, TART, yummy, sour, delicious cherries but not too fruity. Some of the wine taste comes in as well. If you're a wine lover, then you'll enjoy this. It's reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru if you're looking for something to compare it to if you've never had it, but it is SO MUCH better. I get lost drinking this beer, and I can't get enough of it.

I'm literally thinking about moving out to Santa Rosa just so I can go to the Russian River brewpub and drink this every day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 06:16:13 | More by Estocker
Photo of Slatetank


4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery's 7th Anniversary event.

Lightly hazed cherry juice color w/ tiny bead ring for head - not expected to have much really, though. The lace clings in spots and the color is rosy w/ clarity that is transclucent as expected for the style. The smell has plenty of sweet scents yet a good dose of tart cherry in there too, the aroma gives a mild compliment of lemony sour with mild sweet cherry-like tinges from the wild yeast. The feel is vibrant, light dry and tangy with moderate acidity. the tartness is slight, not overly sour with moderately high carbonation and gentle berry juiciness.

The flavor is so concentrated with fresh juiced tart cherry and light sweet flavors w/ dry tannic fruit skin notes. The mild pie-like cherry flavor is sweet and acidic at the same time giving a mildly astringent effect on the palate w/ a bit of bitterness from the hops but only slight and the oak gives a mild olive like bitter oily element to the fruity sour in the flavor. There is mild hop spice to accent all the oak and berry complexity. This is a fantastic wild ale, so surpremely drinkable which as Chris Lively said, Vinnie attempted a flavor akin to aged Orval, and he definitely achieved that. The flavor and drinkabililty go above and beyond. I was sad when I noticed it kicked in only a couple hours - so much cherry goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 17:14:30 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Chincino


4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA in August 2010. It was part of a sampler of all the beers that they had on-tap that day. I also had this beer on-tap in a regular sized pint.

The beer poured to be an amber color and it had fairly strong aroma of cherries. The taste was slightly sweet and was light in body. This beer was extraordinary and was easy to drink. I loved this beer and I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 13:39:16 | More by Chincino
Photo of cbarrett4


4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Belmont Station into snifter ~ comparison tasting with Consecration, Supplication, and Temptation.

Appearance is good, about average for a fruit enhanced sour. Lacks a head, but this is typical of barrel matured sours.

Nose is bright and inviting with a sour cherry and citrus notes framing the sour yeast core. Lovely sour flavor without being too astringent. Lots of cherry and berry flavors expand on the palate.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of alcohol, texture, and tannins. Long, smooth finish. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 20:12:24 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of oregone


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Not as striking as Cons. nor as beguiling as Tempt.

Smells like a theoretical cross betwen those two. Animal notes. Pronounced vinous influences. Barrel (wine barrel) aromas. Similar to being in a winery.

Tastes like... Sour. Of course. But little else. Strong richness to help, but only hints of fruit and little real character.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp, refreshing. Carries the strong flavors through the palate for maximum effetc, but sadly lacks some of the nuance of its brethren.

Drinkability suffers because it doesn't beg for more consumption. Great as a few ounce pour. After that, it gets burdensome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 09:15:08 | More by oregone
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 on tap at Monk's Cafe at their 3rd Annual Russian River Mad Monday

A- A dark redish/brown color, looks like a fine port wine, minimal bubbles from the top small thing lace.

S- The smell was amazing, cherries, muted with pino nior, oak, and malts, some funk and sweetness

T- The mix of cherries and Pino barrel together is amazing, oak hints as well as a small amount of vanilla sweetness.

M&D- Very smooth with a delicious sourness to it, you almost don't want to swallow it and just enjoy it in your mouth, the alcohol is very light, just an amazing beer, nothing like it out there

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 13:24:10 | More by bonbini26
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Dog Tavern the other day.

Supplication pours an apricot amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite vinous, showing an iimpressive array of grapes, vanilla, wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, except I'm getting a bit more wine vinegar and sour funk. The sour component definitely dominates the flavor profile, though it's not so over the top as to be unenjoyable. This beer is hugely flavorful with no more than a medium bodied mouthfeel, and the finish is long, winey and sour. This beer has almost an electric component to the flavor profile, at least that's how the sour hits me on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol nearly unnoticeable. Am not a huge fan of sours beers, but this is pretty fun to drink (though I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of it). However, I confess the sour component does seem a bit more intense on draft then I recall experiencing from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 15:13:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite sour around. As far as a taste review, I cant name everything in it, it is just sour tart and awesome. It has some great wine characteristics and a go to sour when I am at the pub. Russian River makes some wonderful sours but this one is on the top of them all

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 13:51:02 | More by calir1
Photo of emmasdad


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been wanting to drink this one to celebrate passing the bar exam, and although I have a bottle ready to go, the opportunity to try it came up, and I didn't pass it up. Pours a somewhat medium brown, with a smallish white head. Aromas of red grapes, tart cherries and wood. On the palated, this one is bracingly sour, with fresh cherries and oak fighting the balance battle. Another nice effort from the folks at Russian River.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 03:21:51 | More by emmasdad
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at La Trappe in San Fran $8 for 25cl

A: great velvet head, rosey light brown color
S: great nose, sour with oak and malt backbone - mild to medium
T: great, good balance between sour and malt, oak, spritzy, quenching
M: excellent, spritzy and alive
D: very drinkable even at 7 ABV

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 02:54:09 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- A slightly murky maroon with whitish-pink head. Lots of lactic lacing

Sm- Tart cherries, oak, funk, and a roasted toffee hiding in the back.

Ta- Cherries, but not very pronounced. The tartness is there but is seems to come from the yeast not the fruit. Funk is minimal and comes through with some barnyard smells. The malts are rich and have a some sweet caramel, toffee flavors.

MF- Small bubbles with minimal carbonation. Nice.

DR- Amazing. Another winner that can be savored slowly (because you don't want it to end) over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 00:53:46 | More by gueuzer
Photo of biggerboat88


4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet it had a deep-dark orange appearance, almost ruby, with a nice layer of off-white head with great retention and a moderate amount of lacing all the way down. Sour cherries was the most upfront aroma, some grapes and yeast were also present. I love smelling a beer and already knowing that it's going to be something special. Tasted very similar, lots of sour cherry wang. It's rather sweet at first, every now and then some bitterness came through on the back of the tongue. All sorts of funk going on here, a joy to sit and sip. The carbonation kept things exciting but I didn't find it to be as bubbly as I had expected, still very crisp and light on the tongue. It was a pretty intense goblet of sweet sour funk so it's not something you're going to want all night but it was still delightfully drinkable, almost deceivingly so, drink it slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 15:57:15 | More by biggerboat88
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a deep red-orange with a half inch of white head. The head leaves a lot of delicate thready lacing.

S - smells of cherries and tangy berries with a little wheat.

T - Let me start by saying that I love beer, and I love wine, so this is what heaven is like. Upon the first sip, my tastebuds were submerged into a vinous nirvana of sour cherries, and wheat. As I continued, flavors of berries and jam complimented hints of vanilla with a citrus-like zing and some spice.

M/D - This is like the best of both worlds! It has the rich thickness or wine and the carbonation of beer. A little heavy but I would definitely go for another.

This is one of those beers that you run into that just completely changes your appreciation for beer. Out of all the beers I have had, this is my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 23:51:54 | More by Jef59
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 on tap at bluedog landsdale.

A- come my way with a small cap of off white head that settles quickly leaving a few spots of lace. A good swirl bring the head right back to its former glory. Orange red in color with a touch of haze.

S- sour cherries and super funky wood. Mildly herbal and earthy. Vinous at times.

T- sour and tart with load of some of the funkiest oak I've come across. A clear herbal hit with rosemary and euclypus. The noir barrels lend a lot of vinous and tannic blows.

M- starts off medium in body but then you pucker and salivate thinning thing out a bit. Nice active carb. Super tannic you can almost feel the wood and grape skins on the roof of your mouth.

D- this is a bug bomb and I love it. If your looking for a complex and layered sour this is for you. Different then years past. I've noticed a very interesting herbal nuance that has been arising in the rr run. Very cool.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 00:15:31 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ RR brewery, was too cheap to pay $12/bottle for this at city beer or toronado - huge glass for $5 at Russian River! so good this beer is so worth $12/bottle though!

This is an almost perfect brown sour - aged in pinot noir barrels, and simply incredible...the best sour from russian river IMO, and probably the best American wild ale i've ever had.

Smell is incredible, super complex, woody, earthy, mineral wine notes, corky, and full of ripe fruit - this thing just exudes complexity.

taste is a bit like a lighter, less winey version of consecration, less woody, which allows the sour and creamy notes to come out more. its full of bad ass ripe incredible sour fruit, berries, winey, woody, leathery for sure.

mouthfeel in rich, smooth and creamy - awesome.

drinkability is 4 cause damn, this thing is intense! tried to drink another and couldn't even have half.

This is truly one of the best sours on earth, let alone in the USA - Russian River just proves over and over that they are the best brewery in the US!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 00:13:17 | More by benclimbs
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery on 2010-08-20 in Santa Rosa, CA and again on 2011-12-03 and 2012-12-08 in Paoli, PA at TJ's.

A - Mahogany with a short tan head

S - Could smell it from two feet away. Cherries and what reminded me of the inside of a spring house on a summer day. So inviting.

T - Amazing. Like biting into a sour cherry while swigging apple cider. Sour, acidic, puckering, brilliant although I slightly prefer the Consecration.

M Light-medium boday and carbonation.

D - You could savor this until you can't walk straight :>)

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 18:46:10 | More by Tucquan
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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